Pope St. John Paul II was one of the most beloved Popes in history. He was a young Pope who evangelized the world during his long and fruitful pontificate. He played a large role in ending Communism, he forgave the man that tried to assassinate him, he lead ecumenical and interfaith dialog, he inaugurated World Youth Day, his many Pastoral visits around the world, his celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000 and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease were just some of the ways that he was a witness of the faith to both catholics and non-catholics. Upon his death many called for him to become a saint immediately.
Novena Prayer to St. John Paul II
Most holy servant of God, Pope St. John Paul II, we pray today for the youth and for World Youth Day.
We ask you to grant us your blessing from heaven! God gave you the grace of His fatherly tenderness and the spirit of His love from which we can all learn. We humbly implore you to intercede for us:
(State your intentions)
Most holy St. John Paul II, you were a witness of Jesus Christ for the whole world. You lit the world on fire with your passion for Christ and the Church. Trusting in God’s infinite mercy and in the intercession of Mary, you have shown us the path to reach eternal communion with God. And we we ask that you pray for us…
Day 1: Pray for us, that those who are unhappy will be filled with great joy.
Day 2: Pray for us, that we can convey forgiveness to those who have done wrong.
Day 3: Pray for us, that we will be guided and protected as we walk the difficult paths of the world today.
Day 4: Pray for us, that we will have the grace to see the goodness in our experiences every day.
Day 5: Pray for us, that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Day 6: Pray for us, that we may share the faith to those in doubt.
Day 7: Pray for us, that we may give hope to those who are discouraged.
Day 8: Pray for us, that we may love those who feel indifferent.
Day 9: Pray for us, that the love you have sparked in us transforms hearts and renews the face of the earth.
St. John Paul II, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your great example of how to live the faith. Grant us, through your intercession, the grace to also happily glorify God in our lives.